The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for All About Jazz:
Polish multi-instrumentalist Mat Walerian is on the verge of reserving his seat in the pantheon of groundbreaking hornmen who recorded for the late Bernard Stollman’s storied ESP-Disk’ label. Not as frenetic as Frank Wright, nor as strident as Sonny Simmons, Walerian instead boasts a singular approach that binds Eastern influence and blues sensibility with fluent, legato phrasing, often reminiscent of Marion Brown’s lyrical finesse. His first two live recordings for ESP—The Uppercut: Live at Okuden (2015) with Matthew Shipp and Jungle: Live at Okuden (2016) with Shipp and Hamid Drake—exquisitely captured Walerian’s idiosyncratic sound and aptitude for holding his own while in the presence of musical giants.
For his third release, Walerian perpetuates his musical bond with Shipp while also enlisting another architect of New York City’s avant-garde scene to round off the group he christened Toxic: the venerable William Parker.